Saddleworth Chairman passes after cancer battle

Saddleworth Rangers have announced the passing of chairman Shane ‘Jocky’ Wilson has passed away at the age of 50 following a battle with cancer.

Wilson died at Oldham hospital on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve with his family by his side.

He was Saddleworth’s Chairman and a club Trustee as well as a coach of the U15s team where his son Freddie plays.

In a lifetime at Rangers, Wilson played in every team, won Standard Cups, coached the second team and was an assistant in the First Team, before coaching his son’s team throughout the ages.

He put his hand up for any and every job and was a fixture in the clubhouse, supporting juniors and open age teams at their matches and every event the club put on.

The club had also recently organised a charity bike ride from Saddleworth to Huddersfield to raise funds for his treatment. Riders included Leeds Rhinos legends Barrie McDermott and Kevin Sinfield.

Treasurer Karen Thompson, who’s known Jocky for 30 years, said; “He epitomised what Rangers is all about. It was his love. Anyone who knew him knew his dedication to our club was unique. We’ve lost a huge character and a dear friend and our hearts go out to Karen and the kids.”

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